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Arizona Secretary of State Goes 'Birther,' Threatens to Remove Obama From Ballot

 
 
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 Republicans say they have an emergency battle plan in place to make sure Arizona doesn't end up in President Obama's win column in November. Could it be this?

The man in charge of running Arizona’s elections has gone to the birthers. Secretary of State Ken Bennett now says he’s not convinced Barack Obama was really born in the United States and so he is threatening to keep the president off the ballot in November. [...]

Bennett said he was following the lead of the state’s eccentric Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a fellow Republican who ordered an investigation into the president’s birth certificate last year and concluded the document released by the White House is a forgery. Bennett said he is now trying to get verification from state officials in Hawaii that the certificate is authentic.

Bennett says it's nothing personal against Obama, it's just that he's gotten all these emails from people asking him to investigate Obama's birth and his eligibility to be on the ballot. He's not one of those crazies, he's just letting the crazies guide him.

“I’m not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii—or at least I hope he was,” Bennett said on the show. “But my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.”

That's one way of trying to make sure Obama doesn't take the state, however unlikely to hold up to any legal challenge. But it does seal Arizona's place at the top of the crazy state sweepstakes.

Daily Kos / By Joan McCarter | Sourced from

Posted at May 18, 2012, 7:25am